Accused homeowner to testify as self-defence in Hamilton murder trial

A homeowner’s assertion that his training as a military reservist prompted him to head outside into the frigid darkness and shoot dead a man trying to steal his truck makes little sense, his murder trial heard Tuesday.

Testifying in his own defence, Peter Khill agreed he could have stayed in his bedroom and called police — but instead chose to go barefoot into the February night in a T-shirt and boxers, armed with a loaded Remington shotgun.

He said he got up and went to the bedroom window, where he noticed the radio light of his truck in the driveway was on. He said he wondered who was out there, if they were armed.

“It was a real-life threat assessment,” Khill said. “I felt that I was being threatened and I felt that I was not in control of the situation.”

He said he didn’t call 911 because he was worried someone could get into the house within seconds.

He said the person backed away from the vehicle, turned toward him, and appeared to point something at him which he took for a weapon.

“It was a life and death situation,” Khill said. “I raised my shotgun, took it off safe. I fired at the centre of mass.”